Wind That Shakes The Corn (Harry Hibbs) video
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I sat within the valley green,
I sat with my true love,
My poor heart had to choose
between old Ireland or my love;
I looked at her and
then I thought how Ireland was torn,
While soft the wind blew down the glen
and shook the golden corn.

'Twas hard the woeful words to bring
to break the ties that bound,
But harder still to bear the shame
of English chains around;
And so I said, "The mountain glen
I'll seek in early morn,
And join the brave United Men
while soft wind shook the corn."

But sad I kissed away her tears,
my fond arms 'round her flung,
A British shot burst on my ears,
from out the wild woods rung;
A bullet pierced my true love's side,
a rose pierced by a thorn,
And in my arms in blood she died
while soft wind shook the corn.

So blood for blood without remorse
I've taken in the glen,
I placed my true love's cold, grey corpse,
I joined true Irish men;
But 'round her grave I wander drear
sometimes in early morn,
And with aching heart sometimes
I hear the wind that shakes the corn.
And with aching heart sometimes
I hear the wind that shakes the corn.

####.... Robert Dwyer Joyce [1836-1883] ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs on his eighth album (Between Two Trees, trk#11, 1976 LP, Hibbs Records, Toronto, Ontario, recorded at Sound Canada, Toronto); and (Pure Gold, trk#13, 1980 LP, Tapestry Records And Tapes, distributed by RCA Inc, Don Mills, Ontario).

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Robert Dwyer Joyce originally published this ballad with the title The Wind That Shakes The Barley. He wrote it from the perspective of a doomed young Wexford rebel about to sacrifice his relationship with his loved one and plunge himself into the cauldron of violence associated with the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The song was made popular with the title Wind That Shakes The Corn by The Irish Rovers on their second album (The Unicorn, trk#9, 1967 LP, MCA Records).

From Wikipedia:

Robert Dwyer Joyce - was born in the northern foothills of the Ballyhoura Mountains, west of Ballyorgan in County Limerick, Ireland. While a principal of the Model School in Clonmel, he collected Irish music and, to finance his advanced studies, contributed poems, stories and articles to periodicals. He produced a volume of poems, but remains most famous for his contributions in the field of Irish music. He studied medicine in Cork and became a doctor in 1865, the same year he was appointed Professor of English at the Catholic University in Dublin. In danger of arrest for rebel activities during the Fenian movement, Joyce emigrated to Boston where he practiced medicine and had literary success with Ballads of Irish Chivalry (1872) and Deirdre (1876) which sold 10,000 copies in its first week of publication. He returned to Dublin in 1883 where he died.

Irish Rebellion of 1798 (also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion) - uprising from 24 May to 23 September, 1798, against British rule in Ireland. The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organising force behind the rebellion.

From Robert McNamara, Historian:

Fenian Movement - Irish revolutionary movement which developed in communities of Irish immigrants in the United States in the mid-1800s. The movement also had a strong component in France and Ireland. The desire to liberate Ireland from British rule was intense among the Irish in America, many of whom had fled Ireland during the Great Famine. The collapse of the Young Ireland Movement of the 1840s only intensified this feeling. The Fenians took their name from ancient Irish warriors, and members were generally sworn to secrecy. Fenianism's international aspect, and its clandestine membership, made it seem especially ominous to the British.


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